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First Gun

Photo From: Mark Freburg - Album: People Photos

Description: This shows me with my first gun, an Ithaca 49 Saddlegun.  This is a single shot Martini-style lever action.  Mine has a walnut stock.  I've read they later made them with "hardwood" stocks with pressed checkering but mine has no checkering.  It is a .22 and will shoot .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle.  Sights are typical open sights.  Mine was a gift from an uncle.  I shot this rifle so much as a kid and teenager that it needs new springs and new ejector, and the aluminum receiver needs to be re-anodized, which is expensive.  The stock is in surprisingly good shape, as is the barrel.  I shot probably nothing but plain waxed lead loads and didn't really know anything about cleaning as a kid, which says a lot about the value of using waxed lead .22s.  Today it sits in my safe as a revered memory.

Uploaded: 8/2/2014 by Mark Freburg
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